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The Witness Chair (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 April 1936 (USA)
A woman watches as falsemurder trial evidence surrounds the man she loves.

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(as George Nicholls Jr.)
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Paula Young
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James 'Jim' Trent
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Stanley Whittaker
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Constance 'Connie' Trent
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Lieutenant Poole
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Grace Franklin
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Tillie Jones
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Benny Ryan (as William Benedict)
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Prosecuting Attorney Martin
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Defense Attorney Conrick
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Mr. Henshaw
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Roy Levino
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A woman watches as falsemurder trial evidence surrounds the man she loves.

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Drama | Romance

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In the middle of shooting, Ann Harding stated she did not like the script and would not continue, despite having requested that the studio buy the rights to the story and having approved the script earlier. But she finished the movie after RKO threatened to sue her for the amount ($80,000) already spent on the production. See more »

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Give Me My Boots and My Saddle
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Sung a cappella by William 'Billy' Benedict
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Well, it does have Ann
25 July 2017 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Predictable, talky, unsuspenseful courtroom drama, with Walter Abel held for murdering business partner Douglas Dumbrille, while secretary Ann Harding obviously knows there's more to it. Some fun supporting players, notably Margaret Hamilton as an office busybody, and it's over in 64 minutes. And while an unambiguous happy ending is impossible, it does have a hopeful one. But it has little really going for it but Ann, who, as always, is dedicated and interesting, with a certain... stillness that suggests a woman who's thinking all the time. She didn't like this one much, and she was right. But she's the only reason to watch.


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